Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday called the effective dispensation of justice a state responsibility, while adding that the government’s reforms in the civil and criminal procedure code would ensure prompt justice.
He was addressing an event on criminal law and justice reforms in Islamabad as the chief guest where Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem and Parliamentary Secretary Maleeka Bokahri were also present.
He said the government’s changes to the criminal justice system would help revolutionize and simplify the procedure for the common man’s pursuit of justice.
“For the first time the government has made changes to the law which has been introduced into the British system in order to improve the administration of justice,” the Prime Minister said, adding that no government in the past has never thought of reforming the century. old laws because they wanted to maintain the status quo and accommodate the elite.
For the Prime Minister, the civil law reforms were a step towards guaranteeing the rule of law in line with Islam’s first social state, Medina.
The Prime Minister referred to a saying of the Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) which pointed out that many earlier nations were destroyed where there were separate laws for the strong and the weak.
“Ensuring the rule of law in the country will encourage foreign investors and overseas Pakistanis to invest their money in their home country,” he added.
Addressing the event, Advocate Naseem mentioned that more than 700 amendments completely overhauled the existing legal system of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) which needed a change as per the requirements.
Among the important reforms, the formation of a statute of an independent public prosecutor’s office, a forensic laboratory and prison rules are important, he added.
“A law is made for the compulsory granting of a budget to police stations to cover the costs of investigation,” he said, adding that deputy sub-inspectors in police stations with an undergraduate degree would be privileged.
Under the amendments, the trial judge would be answerable to a high court if he failed to finalize a case within nine months. Changes to the system allowed courts to freeze a fugitive’s documents and assets, including identity cards and bank accounts, the federal minister said.
The Minister of Justice urged the legal fraternity to support the reform of the electronic recording of witnesses, in any language, to ensure the accuracy and speed of cases.
Those who videotape incidents of murder or rape would not be asked to appear before the law as a compelled witness to prove the incident, he added.
Parliamentary Secretary Maleeka Bokahri also spoke at the event and called the 700 amendments to the criminal procedure code a milestone for Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government as it would ensure swift justice.
“Powerful people have taken advantage of loopholes in the law for decades. However, the reforms would provide support to the poor seeking justice,” she added.